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Comment Re:While its not my cup of tea (Score 1) 532

Typically the only people who use the term SJW are bigots and racists who are butthurt over being called out by others. It's hilarious to hear them complain about lack freedom of speech and group think as they post Pepe meme's, call other people Cucks and do their best to curtail other's freedom of speech for not following THEIR group think.

Hi there, counterexample here! When I'm on social media, I find some of my statements are misrepresented or words are put in my mouth, seemingly for the purpose of virtue signalling. Virtue signalling is a more precise term than "social justice warrior", and I think when someone says SJW, they mean a person is kicking up a fuss to make themselves look righteous. When this is done to me, I typically do not believe I've made a racist or sexist statement, even after careful reflection. (Last time it happened, an argument broke out among that extremely liberal, mixed gender friend group, because it was not at all clear that I had said anything wrong.)

I'm concerned about freedom of speech because nothing but the truth should ever prevent someone from getting a job or being accepted into a community. What I see is misrepresentation of words (such as quoting with wrong context), and that's not the truth. For example: pewdepie's anti-racism video being portrayed as pro-racism. For another, Gawker's republication without context of an admittedly bad joke from Justine Sacco forced her out of a job and prevented her from finding other work. A developer whose name I can't recall was forced out of a software project amid accusations of "sexual impropriety", despite the alleged victim publicly going to bat for him, explaining they had a consensual fling.

I humbly propose that while you should of course be concerned about the rights of the minority, you should also be concerned about the freedom to speak without needing to cover your ass by preempting any possible misconstrual.

Comment Re:While its not my cup of tea (Score 3, Funny) 532

Looks like someone hates being called to account for being a dick
Because, honestly, that is all the Social JUSTICE workers ever do

You must know different social justice warriors than I do. I've been called to account for lots of perfectly innocent statements. Statements that it's easy to misrepresent: statements that are excellent fodder for virtue signalling. On the other hand, when I'm actually being a dick (whether justified or not, by accident or on purpose), nobody calls me out. Because it's not easy to deliver true criticism.

Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 1) 255

I see your point as well. I don't know law well enough to have a grip on the real-world ramifications of such a contract, but here's some food for thought: when a written contract turns out to be substantially different than how it was portrayed, the contract is invalid. Secondly, a judge can ignore the literal when he judges it to be a sham. (A company calling its people "contractors" doesn't make it so.) I don't know for sure that either of these factors apply to this situation, but if I were a judge or lawmaker, I would treat "payment for permanent media" as a purchase, regardless of what the fine print says. (And I would hold it to every other standard a purchase is held to.)

Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 1) 255

For example, if you want to prevent a buyer from later selling it, that's not legal.

Ok but we're not talking about buying and selling content here, what we're talking about is licensing. Where/what is the law that enshrines the right to transfer a license?

I have licenses to drive a car, ride a bike and recreational watercraft and I paid for them but I can't sell these licenses to other people.

You may have paid for those licenses, but you didn't purchase them. I don't view Netflix as a purchase, and I agree that that falls under the umbrella of licensing. But when a movie/book is paid for for perpetual viewing, you have to bend over backwards to say that's not a purchase, regardless of what the license says.

Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 1) 255

Go setup a screen in a public park and project that DVD onto it if you would like to find out how much you really "own" it.

That's really not the same. You can own a copy of a work without having broadcast or republication rights just as a teen can own a car but not have the right to drive it.

Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 2) 255

Steam's DRM only works because games have a finite shelf life. If my copy of Portal 2 stops working in ten years when Steam shuts down, I won't mind. If I purchase books and they stop working at any point for any reason, I will be upset.

Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 5, Informative) 255

If I create some original digital content should I not have the right to set the terms of use and distribution? If someone doesn't agree with the terms they do not have the right to circumvent the terms just because they can.

Nice thought, but no! The rights of buyers are enshrined in law, just as the rights of content creators are. For example, if you want to prevent a buyer from later selling it, that's not legal. Yet that's what DRM lets you do. You can also use DRM to block copying beyond the life of copyright, which may not be illegal, but is certainly unethical.

I'm not sure if you can sell a product and set terms of use at all. Certainly you can set terms when you provide a service or make an agreement beyond a simple sale, but the grocery store cannot tell me how to use or not use the zuccini I just bought. (Perhaps they could, but they would have absolutely no legal grounds to enforce it.) DRM lets you control your customers in ways the legal system does not.

Comment Re: I see what's coming. (Score 1) 101

MEK? I thought xylene was the one that dissolves everything.

I do know something about solvents, so I'm of course the above is just me being silly. But what about methylene chloride? I thought that dissolved a huge variety of stuff. And I thought MEK was almost as safe as acetone. Not so?

Comment Can I join? (Score 1) 31

Can I join if I bought my phone outside the US? What if I'm currently residing outside the US (but have a US address)?

LG has refused to repair my boot-looping phone in the past. Have they changed their stance? Is there any way I can push them to reconsider? (It's long out of warranty by now, but the fact remains that they sold me a badly defective phone.)

Comment Re:familyâ(TM)s (Score 1) 227

Not being able to edit posts is a feature. Being able to rewrite the history of a conversation is Orwellian.

Not only that, but if people can go back and rewrite their words to sound more prefect, it encourages bad mental habits. Slashdot seems mostly free of the "social media is making you depressed" phenomena that have hit the news lately, and I suspect the inability to try to be perfect is a positive factor.

Not to mention how much nastier arguments can be when both people are constantly revising their comments to be more biting. Or am I projecting here? ;)

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